Nadine Dorries faces expenses investigation

The MP, who was suspended by the Conservatives, may have received expenses for accommodation and travel "that should not have been allowed".

Since her return from the jungle, Nadine Dorries has assumed a notably lower profile but the MP, who remains suspended from the Conservative Party, is back in the headlines today after the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority announced that it had launched an investigation into her expenses. 

IPSA said it had reason to believe that she had received expenses for accommodation and travel "that should not have been allowed".

"An investigation will be conducted into claims submitted under the following areas of the third and fourth editions of the MPs' scheme of business costs and expense - accommodation expenditure, travel and subsistence," IPSA compliance officer Peter Davis said in a statement.

"In accordance with the legislation and the procedures for investigation made thereunder, no further information shall be published until the investigation has been concluded."

Dorries, meanwhile, has made a suspiciously well-timed retreat from Twitter. She tweeted this morning: "I'm taking a break from Twitter for the half term week and spending some time getting some fresh air with my three girls. #bonding"

Nadine Dorries, the MP for Bedfordshire, was suspended from the Conservative Party after appearing on ITV's I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Calm down, everyone – of course Nigel Farage is in the running for TIME Person of the Year

The former Ukip leader has been shortlisted for the iconic magazine list.

While your mole is no fan of former Ukip leader and triumphalist frog Nigel Farage, it has to scurry to his defence in this instance. There's been a big brouhaha (ie. some people on Twitter have posted a few half-hearted opinions and crap jokes) about the bonvivant Brexiteer being shortlisted for TIME's iconic Person of the Year.

He is one of 11 contenders for the position listed by the magazine, alongside the likes of Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg and Beyoncé. (What a dinner party that would be. We hope Zuck puts the photos up on Facebook.)

Why are people surprised by this? Farage is the reason the UK is leaving the European Union, and by doing so has made a big impact on national and global politics. Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin famously won the award, so we know it's not an endorsement, simply a measure of impact. And others on this year's list suggest this too: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Narendra Modi, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump – all dubious political figures who have caused controversy.

So why the big deal about Farage?

Read more about TIME's shortlist here. The winner is announced tomorrow.

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